Number One Watch

2 Jan 2017

The rankings began life over 25 years ago in Brass Band World magazine.  The early years were dominated by the great Fairey band under Major Peter Parkes, and latterly James Gourlay.  The 'start of year' top band honour was shared around a bit for the next decade or so but the last 5 years has seen the most dominant spell by any band in the 25-year history of the rankings.

Cory will start a calendar year as the number one band for the seventh time, but for the 5th year in a row!

The full list of bands starting the year as 'number 1' is as follows:

1992 Foden's
1993 Fairey
1994 Fairey
1995 Fairey
1996 Black Dyke
1997 Fairey
1998 Fairey
1999 Fairey
2000 Foden's
2001 Foden's
2002 Yorkshire Building Society
2003 Foden's
2004 Fairey
2005 Cory
2006 Cory
2007 Black Dyke
2008 Grimethorpe
2009 Grimethorpe
2010 Black Dyke
2011 Brighouse & Rastrick
2012 Brighouse & Rastrick
2013 Cory
2014 Cory
2015 Cory
2016 Cory
2017 Cory